Archive for May 20, 2013

Artist of the moment photographer Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge was born in 1830 at Kingston Upon Thames located in England. Nearly everyone has seen an image of Muybridge who first came to fame with his photographs of Yosemite National Forest. Later he would become renown for his work with animals, horses in particular, and the use of stop motion photography. By using this photograhy Muybridge was trying to settle a bet as that if a horse was running, would all legs ever touch the ground at the same time.

He invented the first strip photography that was called a zoopraxiscopre. It was the precrusor to the perforated film.

In the clip below we visit Muybridge and his filming of a horse, his most renown work.

Another very interesting fact is that the Eadweard Muybridge found out his wife was having an affair. She shot and killed the man and was found not guilty in the court of law. His wife’s affairs lead him to commit a justifiable homicide.

price range information: Collatypes are the cheapest and can be had from $850 to $4,000. Photographic prints and plates range $1,000 to $85,000.

Over his career he produced more than 100,000 images.

More of Muybridge’s work with the horse and other animals.

Muybridge spent a great deal of time in the United States but eventually would move back to England and pass away there in 1904 at the age of 74 years old.

Muybridge influenced countless artists in their quest to capture the movement and fluidty of both animals and human bodies.